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Harry Jones

Research Fellow

Portrait of Harry Jones
<p>Harry joined the ODI in 2006, focusing on the role of knowledge in policy processes in developing countries.</p>

Harry Jones is a Research Fellow in the RAPID group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the UK’s leading think tank on international development. His work focuses on decision-making in policy making and implementation in developing countries. He has carried out research, advisory services, evaluations and inputs to programme design and implementation in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. This work combines an understanding of the policy process and use of knowledge with an analysis of power and political economy, directed towards providing practical yet innovative advice, as exemplified by his book on Knowledge, Policy and Power recently published by the Policy Press. His pragmatic work on complexity theory has also received considerable attention, including a two year research project surveying principles and frameworks for implementing programmes in the face of complex problems.

He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford University, with a first class masters degree in mathematics and philosophy and university-wide prizes for work on political theory and the philosophy of social science, this has since been supplemented with short courses in game theory, complex social systems, sociology, and political economy analysis from a variety of quality institutions. He joined the ODI soon after university, and was promoted four times in five years to become the youngest member of the senior research staff. Over that time he has advised DFID, the World Bank, various UN organisations, and developing country governments. He has been based in Nepal since May 2011 working on a large DFID-funded initiative, where he is currently managing a project looking to promote changes in policy and practice through the targeted deployment of research and expertise.



  1. Services in the city: governance and political economy in urban service delivery

    Research reports

  2. Brokering urban development in Nepal

    Research reports

  3. ROMA: a guide to policy engagement and influence


  4. Structural economic transformation in Nepal: A diagnostic study submitted to DFID Nepal

    Research reports

  5. The governance of urban service delivery in developing countries: literature review

    Research reports

  6. Complexity 101 part two: Getting to the so whats

  7. Complexity 101 - beyond the hype, what do we actually know? Part one

  8. A guide for managing projects and programmes in the face of complexity

    Research reports

  9. Power and evidence in South East Asia

  10. Entry points for developing tourism in Nepal: what can be done to address key constraints to inclusive growth?

    Research reports

  11. Foreign employment and inclusive growth in Nepal: what can be done to improve impacts for the people and the country?

    Research reports

  12. Building political ownership and technical leadership in Cambodia

    Research reports

  13. Building political ownership and technical leadership in Cambodia

    Research reports

  14. Technical input 'on the ground' deserves donor backing

  15. Human resources for health in Nepal - the politics of access in remote areas

    Research reports

  16. A guide for planning and strategy development in the face of complexity

    Working papers

  17. Technical assistance: how to get value for money

  18. Knowledge, policy and power in international development: a practical framework for improving policy

    Working papers

  19. Providing practical guidance for in-country programming: the value of analysing knowledge, policy and power

    Working papers

  20. Review of emerging models of advisory capacity in health and education sectors

    Research reports